International football takes centre stage this week as the battle to qualify for Euro 2020 begins across Europe. The first game of qualifying pits the mighty Kazakhstan and Scotland against one another, followed by another thriller as Cyprus host San Marino. There are, however, some bigger games to look forward to. Belgium begin their campaign with a home clash against Russia, who exceeded expectations when hosting the 2018 World Cup. Yet Belgium are blessed with an abundance of attacking firepower and they should win that one pretty comfortably. Accumulators will be popular, and Netherlands beating Belarus, Croatia beating Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland beating Estonia will be on many people’s bet slips.
England start their campaign at Wembley on Friday night. The Czech Republic are the visitors and Gareth Southgate’s men should record a comfortable home win, so England and under 3.5 goals looks interesting at 31/40 with Betway. Portugal -1 Asian handicap also looks tempting as they host Ukraine, with the likes of Bernardo Silva in superb form. Sweden are priced at 7/9 to beat Romania at home, and that looks tempting. However, it is difficult to find value on most of these games, as there are some heavy favourites, and accas might be the way to go.
Rob Cross is on a three-match winning streak and he is joint top of the table with Michael van Gerwen as we head into Week 7 of the Premier League season. He takes on Gerwyn Price on Thursday and the Welshman is a popular choice among punters to win it. However, he lost 7-2 to van Gerwen last time out, and Cross is in excellent form, so a cross victory looks good at 5/4 with William Hill and Betfred. Mighty Mike takes on Daryl Gurney and he should record a routine win there, while the match between James Wade and Peter Wright looks like developing into a tight, tense clash, so backing overs on total legs looks like an attractive option there.
Another IPL season begins on Saturday when the Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in an eagerly anticipated contest. These teams are among the favourites to go on and seize glory in the tournament, as they both have strong squads that are bursting with star talent. Chennai have the highest win percentage in the history of the competition and they have never failed to make the playoffs, so expectations are high surrounding this team. Bangalore often invest heavily in batting talent, but bowling lets them down and they remain without a title, while they finished sixth last year. Betfair has 5/6 on a Chennai victory in the opener and that looks great.
Judd Trump is in sensational form right now after winning the Masters, the Coral Grand Prix and the Northern Ireland Open. He is battling it out with Ronnie O’Sullivan to be the favourite for the World Championship in April, and he is surging with momentum right now. Veteran Welshman Mark Williams is always a tricky customer, but Trump has dominated the head-to-heads and he is the clear favourite to win this one. Bet365 has 5/6 on Trump -2 Asian handicap and that looks really attractive. Three-time world champion Mark Selby is struggling this season due to a lack of confidence, while Neil Robertson is on song right now, so the even money on an upset victory for Robertson looks tempting in the other big match on Tuesday.